GROSSI, John T., a lifelong resident of Weirton, WV, passed away March 19, 2014.
He was born February 20, 1930, to the late Valentino and Maria Posata Grossi.
John graduated from Weir High School in 1949 where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. Continuing his education at West Virginia Institute of Technology, he received a football scholarship, lettered four years as a quarterback and later was inducted into the WVU Tech Football Hall of Fame.
After two years in the U.S. Army, he earned a masters of education from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, a certification in administration from West Virginia University and a vocational certification from Marshall University.
John began his teaching career at Madonna High School, serving as a teacher and the first football, basketball and baseball coach. He then continued as an educator with Hancock County Schools as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal, and principal of Weir High School and the John D. Rockefeller IV Vocational Center. During this time he was also the probation officer for the Hancock County Circuit Court.
After retiring from Hancock County Schools, John worked at the Belmont Technical College as a student adviser, as well as a consumer advocate for the Consumer Protection Division of the WV Attorney General's Office.
Prior to his retirement, John was active in professional and community organizations, including the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the WV-Ohio Basketball and Football Officials Association, and served a term on the Hancock County Board of Education.
He was active in St. Paul's Catholic Church, the Holy Name Society, Knights of Columbus Council 3734, Fourth Degree, vice-president of WV/Ohio District of the Italian Sons and Daughters of America, ISDA Weirtonian Lodge 183, and the Brotherhood of the Grape.
In addition to his parents, John is preceded in death by his loving wife, Irene; and his two brothers, Chester and Dan Grossi.
He is survived by his five children, John Val (Karen) Grossi of Winston-Salem, NC, Tanya (Robert) Musick of Star City, WV, Timothy (Michelle) Grossi of Fredericksburg, VA, Teresa Grossi of Bloomington, IN, and Valentina Bigalke of McKinney, TX; eight grandchildren, John Roby and Anna Grossi, David (Anessa) and Michael (Shelby) Musick, Melanie Russ, Christopher Grossi, Emma and Ava Bigalke; three great-grandchildren, Hadleigh King and Brody Russ; and Ava Alexander. He is also survived by his two sisters, Louise Enrietti of Weirton, WV, and Lena Schiavone of Indianapolis, IN.
Visitation will be Thursday, March 20, from 5-8 p.m. and Friday, March 21, 2-8 p.m. at the Greco- Hertnick Funeral Home, 3219 Main Street, Weirton, WV.
Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, March 22 at 10 a.m. at Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church, Weirton. Interment will follow in Saint Paul Cemetery, Weirton.
Memorial contributions may be made to Saint Paul Roman Catholic Church, 140 Walnut Street, Weirton, WV 26062.
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